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What are you currently reading?

Postby 47966 » Sun Mar 25, 2001 6:36 am

I'm always looking for new books and would love to know what you're reading now or have read recently.
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Postby YDOG22000 » Sun Mar 25, 2001 10:28 am

dear 47996: I'm not much on the current lists i guess, but i'm a big fan of richard brautigan, trout fishing, confederate general, alos looking for someone to discuss gunder grass with.. dog years very powerful, made tin drum weak, but was disturbed by apologist tone. Your likes? Also like James Lee Burke mystery whatevers. William Burroughs, Kerouac.
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Postby moe » Sun Mar 25, 2001 11:33 am

well, i'm in the very long process of reading Roots right now - can't go wrong with that one! also, i'm a new-age self-help junky, so i'm reading You'll See It When You Believe It by wayne dyer. he and depack chopra are both excellent, if you're into that at all. my friend gave me a book a few months ago - The Dilbert Future, by scott adams. i expected it to be funny, but he goes on a surprise metaphysical rant at the end of the book that is very interesting - again, if you're into that. and i hear that any of noam chomsky's writings are well worth the undertaking - he's on my current "to read" list.

what are you into reading about?
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Postby jackalz » Sun Mar 25, 2001 1:15 pm

I'm currently reading Sci-Fi, Jaran by Kate Elliot, it's OK. My Sci-Fi favs are in the Sci-Fi thread. So other fav's, Carlos Castaneda is consistently interesting; stories of a relationship with a native american and his group.

So, yeah, name a few genre's to focus on.

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Postby 47966 » Mon Mar 26, 2001 1:02 am

Hmmm… Stuff I've read recently is: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff, Medicine Men by Alice Adams, and a couple more that I forget right now. Currently I'm reading Blackbird by Jennifer Lauck but I can't really get into it. I guess I have to say that I like non-fiction, historical fiction, and fiction based on real events. The Danish Girl was very interesting because it was about a real person but the story itself was mostly fiction. A Heartbreaking Work… is a memoir but after reading it, I have to say that I don't like the guy. Not his writing, but the man himself. He seems kind of whiny and there were many times I yelled, "Would you just shut up?" at the book. It's been a long time since I've read a book that I just can't put down. In fact, the last one was my daughter's - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. I know, I know, I'm supposed to be a grown-up, but I can't resist all of those books.

YDOG - it's funny you should mention Kerouac because I was just about to start reading him over again for probably the thousandth time. My parents and aunts and uncles grew up with him in Lowell so that may be why I'm a bit partial. After he had become a writer, he'd go back to Lowell for extended periods and always seemed to end up on my grandmother's couch on Sunday mornings sleeping it off.
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Postby Kwerk » Mon Mar 26, 2001 5:33 pm

Hehehehh I have been quite curious about this Harry Potter book maybe I should just give in and read it... :)

I just finished reading Blind Date by Jerzy Kosinski, and several years ago had read The Painted Bird by the same author; I guess his books qualify as historical fiction and I must say, amazing stuff!

For those who like science fiction, I have recently discovered my favorite Sci-Fi author - Jonathan Lethem! So far, read Girl In Landscape and Amnesia Moon, WOW!!! This guy has the most <i><b>amazing</i></b> imagination!
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Postby 47966 » Mon Mar 26, 2001 10:11 pm

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Hehehehh I have been quite curious about this Harry Potter book maybe I should just give in and read it... :)<hr height=1 noshade id=quote></font id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote>
Kwerk, I highly recommend reading the Harry Potter series in order. This is it:

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

According to Amazon.com the fifth one is out right now (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) but I can't get my hands on one because it's out of stock. If they don't have it, I doubt the bookstores do but I'll keep waiting. I know of many adults who have read the entire series. Every summer, we go to Nantucket and last year the Goblet of Fire had just come out. My daughter counted over 30 adults on the ferry going over reading it and we saw numerous people reading it on the beaches as well. It was a hefty one, too, at 750 pages. FedEx delivered it here the day it hit the stores (we pre-ordered it from Amazon) and that was a Saturday. Just 4 days later on Wednesday, my daughter finished it and passed it on to me. I can't believe how much kids get into these books. I thought I would have to have it surgically removed from her at the beginning because I don't think I saw her put it down once.
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Postby 47966 » Mon Mar 26, 2001 10:17 pm

Correction... Although Amazon.com does say the fifth Harry Potter book is out of stock, that's misleading. It's out of stock because it hasn't been published yet. They go on to say that they don't know yet when it will be published but that it probably won't be before 2002. <img src=icon_smile_sad.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby Kwerk » Thu Mar 29, 2001 3:51 am

WOW!!! Your daughter reads faster than I do... :)

After all the talk over the past few years about how illiterate kids are these days, I think it's really wonderful that they are reading 750 page books!

Anyhow, it sounds really interesting, I wrote down the order and will read them in order, thanks!

Out of curiosity, do you know why Goblet of Fire in particular got so famous? (That even someone like me, with no kids, has heard of it?) I've never heard of this series before Goblet of Fire came out.
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Postby 47966 » Thu Mar 29, 2001 4:55 am

Kwerk, I think it's probably because the books prior to 'Goblet of Fire' were so popular. You'll see when you finish the first one how much you'll want to start in on the next one. That's what happened with me. I didn't start reading the first one until the third one was already out so I read them all in a kind of Harry Potter marathon. When I finished the Prisoner of Azkaban, I was so bummed because there were no more at that point. By the time The Goblet of Fire was out, people were so anxious that they all pre-ordered it online. The FedEx guy told me that he thought every kid in town was getting one of those books and he had the sore back to prove it. The packages weighed a ton! Anyway, I think there'll be the same kind of craze for the fifth installment since so much time has gone by.

I hope you enjoy reading them. I really can't say enough good things about them and you're right - anything that gets kids to read is a great thing. But then, my daughter has always been quite a reader. I think it could very well be a genetic thing. <img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby YDOG22000 » Thu Mar 29, 2001 10:19 am

the old man gave me a copy of kerouacs on the road for like my 14th birthday or something. the trips back to lowell are sort of detailed in a biography i have called 'jacks book". were in the process of moving and i packed up the books last weekend. haven't done much of the current best sellers type stuff, still trying to catch up, sort of took a hiatus from reading after school what with it being sort of forced and all. but settling back into it sort of now. Conrad and kipling are two of my other faves. Somehow feel there's alot of "standards" i still need to accomplish before delving into current works although this is probably partly because of my pipe dream aspirations of writing in a creative vein. I write now at work, somewhat, mostly synthesis and translating research into someting understandable at all levels but its more pr stuff and mixed with graphics. sure it's telling a story, but it's always somene elses and its always constrained by the company needs, positioning, very specific target audiences etc. I always wanted to write, and did some stuff and classes in advertising years ago. sort of blends into my current shit but with an added twist that i sort of do research and analysis and synthesis as well. but all this is very stifling. want to learn to engage, but more to communicate powerful experiences. when i read kipling or conrad, i'm "there" physically in the scene but also mentally with whats in peoples heads in the story the way conrad does. So thats al a long roundabout way of saying, i'm not reading much currently but am focused on those guys for my next efforts as well as the kerouac and brautigan angle because it somehow gets to the same place but in a different way. Plus, there's a hermaneutic aspect you can pull from kerouc and brautigan thats conspicuously absent from a conrad or kipling tale. at least for me, perhaps its a culture bound thing. MOE... havent read any chomsky on a literary level, studied his linguistics in school. the master, i feel is he in that realm. can you recommend some non-academic works i could look for?
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Postby YDOG22000 » Thu Mar 29, 2001 10:27 am

Moe, I read a very powerful and short book called "Bound to Violence" by Yamambo Oluogem, spelling may be off. It might be an interesting companion to roots. Bound to violence is the history of the slave trade written from the african perspective and entails much of the violence that occurred as the need for slaves corrupted a system of tribal alliances. It is a very disturbing book. One tribe would capture another and then not be able to march them for export to the ports, problems of feeding them, keeping their feet from wearing into bloody stumps on forced marches. Its written quite graphically but on a somewhat more abstract level details the ripple effects of economic systems in clash. Has mostly to do with various aspects of colonialism. Parts will make you sick with pain as I've tried to indicate. Twenty years now and I haven't forgotten the book.
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Postby Anakin » Thu Apr 26, 2001 7:18 am

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I'm always looking for new books and would love to know what you're reading now or have read recently.
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<font color=black>I've also heard great and wonderful things about Harry Potter! While I don't have a child, my nieces on both sides of my family have each read through the series.

As for myself, for the most part, my tastes run to the paperback novel level of writing...specifically anything in the Star Trek universe. Some other interesting reads that I have found are a little less known. There is an Episcopal priest named Martin Bell that has written four books that are collections of short stories and songs. They were originally published by Seabury Press but they can still be obtained (like about everything else!) through Amazon.com.

The stories in the books are all inspired by gospel themes and Fr. Bell has included the scriptural references at the end of the books. The books are entitled:

<i>The Way of the Wolf: The Gospel in New Images

Nenshu and the Tiger

Return of the Wolf

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Postby Crimson Rose » Sat Jul 14, 2001 9:25 pm

<i>What are you currently reading? </i>

this thread...

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Postby Crimson Rose » Sat Jul 14, 2001 9:26 pm

well, I'm plowing through seven weeks last summer, and night of the vampire. At some point I'll be reading Everything is Not Enough, SeeSaw, and the other million books I've not yet read...

Oh, and then there are the non-fiction poaranormal books :@)

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Postby Lizzie » Sat Jul 14, 2001 11:47 pm

Robert is reading me "Trout Fishing In America" and I am into a ton of S.F. at the moment. I have read most of those silly Star Trek novels myself (truth is I love them too). They are the only thing my roomie reads. I will read anything. And I do.

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Postby jackalz » Thu Jul 19, 2001 7:55 am

I couldn't get enough Carlos Castaneda, so I bought a book by one of his fellow students, Taisha Abelar; The Sorcerer's Crossing. It's supposed to be written more from a woman's standpoint, but I don't know if I can recognize that. It's good so far, in to the third chapter.
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Postby Lizzie » Thu Jul 19, 2001 2:08 pm

sounds interesting jackalz..good to see you! <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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